[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific

Dozens injured in Thai protest explosion

At least 28 hurt by blast at opposition protest march in Bangkok aiming to shut down government.

Last updated: 17 Jan 2014 16:22
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

A bomb blast at an opposition protest march in Bangkok wounded at least 28 people, emergency officials said, in the latest unrest during a "shutdown" of the capital aimed at toppling the government. 

"The bomb went off shortly after 1pm," said the deputy national police spokesman, Anucha Romyanan.

Police were investigating what type of explosive device caused the blast. Television footage showed several people lying on the ground as ambulances took away wounded.

Protesters were seen searching nearby buildings for the attackers.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has faced more than two months of street demonstrations aimed at forcing her elected government from office and installing an appointed body to oversee loosely defined reforms such as an end  to alleged vote buying.

Eight people have been killed and hundreds injured in street violence since the protests began.

"Yingluck must take responsibility," one of the protest leaders, Satit Wonghnongtaey, said on stage soon after the blast.

The protesters aim to curb the political dominance of Yingluck's billionaire brother, fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whom they accuse of controlling the government from self-exile.

192

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
US drones in Pakistan have killed thousands since 2004. How have leaders defended or decried these deadly planes?
Residents count the cost of violence after black American teenager shot dead by white Missouri police officer.
EU's poorest member state is struggling to cope with an influx of mostly war-weary Syrian refugees.
Study says tipping point reached as poachers kill 7 percent of African elephants annually; birth rate is 5 percent.
Zimbabwe's leader given rotating chairmanship of 15-member nation bloc a year after he won disputed presidential polls.
join our mailing list